King Ru (Ru.CL) a.k.a. Rueben Campbell, is one of the most dynamic artists to emerge from the Reggae/Dancehall/Hip Hop scene. Jamaican/Australian heritage (AustraJam) based in Melbourne, King Ru aka Ru.CL is an explosive entertainer with world wide appeal.
King Ru has currently been working and featuring on several different Reggae/Dancehall releases whilst performing extensively throughout Australia. One of these collaborations was with Chasm and UK superstar “Gappy Ranks” shooting a video clip for the song “Dreaming” whilst Gappy Ranks was touring in Australia.
In 2012 King Ru (Ru.CL) released his second full length album, Brimstone & Fire. He is able to effortlessly cross between many genres: Hip Hop, Reggae, Dancehall, Sing Jay, Soul and R&B. King Ru (Ru.CL) performs in various capacities which includes acting or as an MC for events such as Raggamuffin Festivals since 2009.
His reputation within the Reggae, Dancehall, R&B and Hip Hop community, has seen him share the stage with acts such as Chronixx, Sly & Robbie, Mad Professor, Mighty Sparrow, Lee Scratch Perry, The Wailers, Anthony B,Turbulence Jurassic 5, Pharcyde, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Guru, Super Natural, Estelle, Z trip, Mob Deep, DJ Craze and many more. He has toured and performed nationally with the Black Eyed Peas & John Legend.
Ru.CL’s experiences are wide and varied, with projects such as ‘Guerrilla Style Tactics’ (his self-funded EP), ‘Dancehall Heavy mix tape’, ‘It’s Attractive’ (the theme track for Puma Clyde fashion series), hit single “Gwaan Yout” with Kitty Corbin and JayJayBorn2Sing in the UK, to live performances at festivals such as The Jakarta Jazz Festival, Redbull Threestyle, Dreaming Festival, Wide Open Space, Big Day Out, Good Vibes, Groovin The Moo, Days Like This, Golden Plains, Homebake, Vibes on a Summers Day, Splendor In The Grass, Falls Festival, Reggae Town and Kowanyama Baby Festival as the list continues.
King Ru (Ru.CL) is the lead percussionist for Jamaican born, singer, dancer, choreographer and storyteller Queen Jigzie in her cultural show, ‘Sweet Sweet Jamaica’/Jamaica Irie. Queen Jigzie features on the EP ‘Guerilla Style Tactics’ and on the album ‘Straight Down The Line’. They have travelled extensively throughout Australia working in indigenous communities such as Kowanyama,Western Australia and Northern Territory, being a favourite at the Woodford Dreaming Festival each year. King Ru comes from a very creative family of singers & dancers.
His late father Peter Campbell was a renowned artist in the Australian contemporary and commercial art scene.
Over the years, King Ru (Ru.CL) has made numerous trips to Jamaica to visit family and friends and studies in percussion and voice production at the Jamaican School Of Music.